Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 / Edition 1

Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 / Edition 1

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Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821 / Edition 1

This compelling narrative demonstrates the passionate interest the
Jeffersonian presidents had in wresting land from less powerful foes and
expanding Jefferson's "empire of liberty."

The first two decades of the 19th century found many Americans
eager to move away from the crowded eastern seaboard and into new areas
where their goals of landownership might be realized. Such movement was
encouraged by Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe- collectively known
as the Jeffersonians- who believed that the country's destiny was to have
total control over the entire North American continent. Migration patterns
during this time changed the country considerably and included the roots
of the slavery controversy that ultimately led to the Civil War. By the
end of the period, although expansionists had not succeeded in moving into
British Canada, they had obtained command of large areas from the Spanish
South and Southwest, including acreage previously controlled by Native

Utilizing memoirs, diaries, biographies, newspapers, and vast amounts
of both foreign and domestic correspondence, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr.,
and Gene A. Smith reveal an insider's view of the filibusters and
expansionists, the colorful- if not sometimes nefarious- characters on
the front line of the United States's land grab. Owsley and Smith describe
in detail the actions and characters involving both the successful and
the unsuccessful efforts to expand the United States during this period-
as well as the outspoken opposition to expansion, found primarily among
the Federalists in the Northeast.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817351175
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Library of Alabama Classics
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


1. "A Special Kind of State Making": Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny,
2. "To Conquer without War": The Philosophy of Jeffersonian Expansion,
3. Followers of the Green Flag: Revolution in the Texas Borderlands,
4. The First Spanish-American War: Patriot Efforts to Annex Florida,
5. "Pacified by Paternal Solitude": Indian Wars as an Expansionist Movement,
6. A Leftover of War: Negro Fort,
7. "A Set of Desperate and Bloody Dogs": The Acquisition of Amelia Island,
8. Destiny Becomes Manifest: Andrew Jackson Invades Florida,
9. "Taking Advantage of Propitious Circumstances": The Struggle for Texas,
10. A Jeffersonian Leviathan: Manifest Destiny Succeeds,

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